Cloning: An Ethical Debate

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Cloning technology continues to capture widespread attention by the international news media and biomedical and agricultural industries. Recently, a major breakthrough has occurred in scientific research, the mapping of all DNA in a human gene is complete. All this revolution in science leads us to believe that the day, when the human being will be cloned, is not far away. Human cloning has always been an issue of controversy.

I believe that human cloning is not an unethical and immoral idea. Cloning would intervene with the normal cycle of life. There would be a large number of identical genes, which minimizes the chances of mutation and evolution, the reason how living things naturally adapt to the ever-changing environment. Furthermore, cloning would eliminate the uniqueness that each one of us posses. Thus, leading to creation of genetically engineered groups of people for specific purposes. Chances are that those individuals will be regarded as 'objects' rather than people amongst society in the grand scale.

Scientists have not 100% guaranteed that the first human cloned humans will be normal. This may result in the introduction of additional defects in the human 'gene pool'.

I strongly feel that we must all ask ourselves what human cloning will mean. Should it be allowed and is it right? A recent poll by Time Magazine reported that 74% of those asked believe that it is against God's will to clone humans. In addition, human cloning should not be allowed because from my perspective because it has been proven with animals already that one success is built upon thousands of failures. Most of the embryos die at an early age and many of the survivals are born with serious psychological defects. Most importantly, life is a creation, not a commodity. Human beings...